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UNCSA employs a campus emergency management system that is comprehensive, risk-based, and an all-hazard approach.  The University considers all four (4) interrelated aspects of integrated emergency management—mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery equally vital in planning and decision making.  Emergency Management efforts are aimed at minimizing the occurrence of emergencies and limiting the operational impacts of any emergencies that do occur.   UNCSA emergency operations guidelines are consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Incident Command System.

The UNCSA Overall All-Hazard Emergency Management Plan is updated and maintained by the UNCSA Department of Police and Public Safety.  This Policy outlines the overall campus student evacuation plan. See Attachment A for an excerpt of the Policy, describing this evacuation plan.

The University will activate the designated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a major emergency.   The EOC will serve as the central location for those designated to work on public information, logistics, operations, planning, finance and administrative issues related to the on-going emergency.    

UNCSA Human Resources will develop and maintain an essential personnel list categorized by Tier One (1), Tier two (2), and Tier Three (3), with Tier One (1) being the first and most needed people to respond in most emergencies.  Personnel will be deployed and/or called back to respond accordingly, as needed.  UNCSA Department of Police and Public Safety Personnel are all deemed Tier One (1) essential and are prepared to stay on-campus continuously for several days, if needed.

Effective emergency response is predicated upon planning and practice.  UNCSA will conduct tabletop exercises, demonstrations and drills, involving appropriate people throughout the UNCSA hierarchy. UNCSA will continue to support emergency management staff training and professional development, through agencies such as, the Emergency Management Institute, among others.   


The UNCSA Threat Assessment Team analyzes potentially threatening behaviors or situations and makes recommendations to eliminate or reduce the risk. Generally, a potential threat is referred to the team from one or more sources, such as: High School Mitigation Team; College Student Concerns’ Team; Police and Public Safety; Human Resources; and/or concerned faculty, staff, students, and members of the public.  The core members of the team are the Chief Academic Officer, Vice Chancellor of Student Life, Senior Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, Director of the Counseling Center, and Director of Human Resources.  UNCSA General Counsel serves as legal advisor to the team. Other “situational advisors” are invited to participate in the assessment process on an ad hoc basis, depending upon the circumstances and situation presented.  

What is the procedure for members of the university community to report information about a potentially threatening behavior or situation that worries them?

They can speak to a member of the Threat Assessment Team directly or they contact UNCSA Police 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week with information about a potential threat.  The Police Department also has an anonymous tip line (336-770-1414) that can be used to leave information if the caller does not want to be identified.






If you have a safe escape route, run to the nearest safe exit.  Do not run in a straight line.


Call UNCSA police (336)770-3362 or 55 from any campus phone



 If you are not able to get out safely, find a lockable room or other area where you are well hidden and well protected. 


Lock yourself in the room, turn off all of the lights, barricade the door with the heaviest object available, like desks, chairs, etc.  Turn off all noise producing equipment, like cell phones.  STAY QUIET.


Do not huddle in groups.


If the armed subject comes into your area, do whatever it takes to survive; distract and overcome the subject by everyone throwing things books, backpacks, chairs, and desks.  As a last resort, everyone rush the shooter at once.